A major drug bust has been made in WA resulting in the arrest of 14 foreign nationals.
Police reportedly interrupted a major methamphetamine smuggling racket into WA. During the bust police seized 200kg of ice worth $200 million.
The seizure is the second largest in the history of the state. The biggest happened last year when 321kg crystal meth was seized in September.
Six Malaysians and 8 Chinese men were arrested over the operation. Read more http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/mystery-boat-arrival-chinese-men-charged-over-200m-geraldton-trawler-ice-bust/news-story/2ddd8335b193a698d9acfe87cda859f8
The search is still on for a missing man who was last seen out drinking with his friends at a beer café on Murray street in Perth on Friday May 20th.
The 37 year old Sean Mitchell called a friend to say he was going on a friend’s yacht which was moored in the Swan River near the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.
The man then apparently used a yellow dingy to row to shore from the yacht and wasn’t seen since.
Read more at http://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/volunteers-mount-water-search-for-missing-perth-man-sean-mitchell/news-story/c516506252aec082324f5c5827c1f1e8
Fremantle Prison has once again been named one of the top 10 tourist sites in Australia.
The prison was only one of two Perth places to be named in the TripAdvisor 2016 Travellers Choice Awards list.
Fremantle Prison came in number seven on the list. The other attractions that made the list include:
1. Australian War Memorial, Canberra
2. Sydney Opera House
3. Sydney Harbour Bridge
4. Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
5. Block Arcade, Melbourne
6. Port Arthur, Tasmania
7. Fremantle Prison
8. State War Memorial Kings Park
9. Australian Parliament House, Canberra
10. Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
Read more http://www.communitynews.com.au/cockburn-gazette/news/fremantle-prison-again-named-one-of-australias-top-10-tourist-sites-by-tripadvisor/
An article on CommunityNews.com.au revealed that a number of businesses in Fremantle are closing.
The shopping precinct in the CBD was described as particularly alarming with a large list of retailers closing down over the past few years.
Some of the places that have closed include Myer, Harvey Norman, Spotlight, Dymocks, Angus and Robertson, Thingz Gifts, Dick Smith (nationwide closure) and McDonald’s (Fishing Boat Harbour) etc.
Today Woolworths will also close its doors.
Read more at http://www.communitynews.com.au/fremantle-gazette/opinion/alarming-to-see-businesses-closing-in-fremantle/
The WA state government has allocated $10 million in the state budget for the redevelopment of Lathlain Park over the next 4 years to help support community sport.
The funding was confirmed by Premier Colin Barnett which he said would go towards community aspects of the redevelopment including adding an oval and rebuilding an existing oval, lighting, scoreboard, 2 lane synthetic running track, pathways, tennis courts and a playground.
The redevelopment will also include an administration and training facility for the West Coast Eagles, who will fund its own dedicated facilities as part of the project.
Construction work will start at the end of the 2016 WAFL season. Source: https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/WA-Budget:-Lathlain-Park-gets-$10m-for-redevelopment/7687278
Following the Fremantle prison fire, a 44 year old man has been arrested and sentenced to 2 years in jail.
The man broke into Fremantle Prison and lighting a fire.
The middle aged man, Adam John Douglas Merrett was arrested and sentenced by the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He will serve a minimum of 12 months over the incident that happened in April 2014.
The man gained access into the cottage number 2 at the prison, WA’s only world heritage listed building by smashing a window and used paint to set alight a wooden door inside the cottage. Source: https://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Fremantle-Prison-fire:-man-sentenced-to-two-years-in-jail/7687036
More than 70 cars in the Fremantle area have had their tyres slashed in the early hours of Sunday morning, with owners taking to social media to express their distress.
Police say they are aware of the slashings, with 36 vehicles having 2 or more tyres slashed at an estimated cost of more than $10,000.
Residents are advised to report suspicious behaviour. Call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000, or go online to report at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.
See more at http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/freo-slasher-at-work-as-up-to-70-cars-have-tyres-knifed-20160424-godskj.html
Residents have opposed the redevelopment of Fremantle Kings Square.
According to an article on Abc.net.au the economic slump affecting Fremantle’s CBD will probably continue for at least the next 6 months as the council awaits a decision on a bid to move 1,250 public servants there.
The Fremantle City Council developed a plan to revitalise Kings Square and entered into a contract with private equity firm Sirona Capital Management in 2013.
The project has since stalled with the council’s contract with Sirona expiring on May 10.
Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-21/fremantle-kings-square-redevelopment-stalls/7346386